By Jezza Nepomoceno
ILOILO – British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad will visit the city and province of Iloilo for the first time on March 10 to explore possible trade and people-to-people ties.
The ambassador will be accompanied by senior members of political and consular sections of the British Embassy in Metro Manila, according to Political and Prosperity Attaché Dereck Aw.
Ahmad will first meet with Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. at 2:30 prior to his meeting with senior interlocutors in government and business in Iloilo.
In his email to the governor, Aw explained that their visit is part of the Embassy’s regular regional trips “to deepen our understanding of the social and economic developments outside of Metro Manila”.
Iloilo has been opening its doors to local and foreign investors following the institutionalization of various policy reforms to make the province business-friendly.
In 2015, for instance, the province was a finalist in Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit.
Defensor, whose leadership has not yet been tainted by graft and corruption, has reaped countless awards in excellence in good governance.
This, according to him, is an assurance to the business sector that their investment is safe in Iloilo.
Iloilo has a proposed 50-hectare industrial/economic zone and techno-hub in Sitio Naluoyan, Barangay Sapao, Dumangas.
Located 25 kilometers away from Iloilo City, Dumangas is seen as a gateway for trading and premier center for agri-aqua, eco-tourism, industry and education in the future here.
If realized, the proposed economic zone “will form a nucleus of an industrial center that will encourage either manufacturing or warehousing.”